European Competition and EU Law

We act for a broad variety of clients across the spectrum of competition law matters in the EU. Our lawyers understand how the various EU and national regulatory bodies and courts operate and how to argue in front of them. Economic principles underpin competition law and we are well-versed in the practical application of these principles to competition law matters.

In the area of merger control, we have acted on numerous high-profile, first and second-phase investigations at EU and national level. We are used to designing suitable and innovative remedies to deal with competition law concerns in order to settle these cases. We have significant depth of experience with coordinating regulatory clearances in multiple jurisdictions for cross-border transactions. Third-party interventions can play an important part in merger control investigations, and we regularly act for clients seeking to comment in this way.

Clients also come to us for representation in cartel investigations at EU and national level, and when they wish these issues to be investigated internally. We deal with leniency applications, settlement negotiations and defenses to investigations. Clients regularly ask us to attend at dawn raids on little or no notice.

Our team is often asked to review commercial agreements under the rules on anti-competitive practices and abuse of dominance at EU and national level. We advise across the range of issues, including franchising, distribution, supply agreements, parallel imports, rebates, refusal to supply and discrimination. The interface between intellectual property and competition law is often an issue for our clients, and we have significant experience in this area. We also have extensive experience in drafting complaints to regulators on behalf of our clients wishing to make use of competition law.

Any business, large or small, needs to consider how best to ensure compliance with competition law. We analyze what is needed and implement best practices, tailored to the business in question. Our lawyers have extensive experience in carrying out audits and training, as well as creating written compliance programmes and manuals.

State aid rules are specific to the EU, and clients come to us for support in navigating their way around them. They may be seeking state support, may wish to complain about state support to a competitor or need to defend themselves against an alleged receipt of illegal aid.

Our competition lawyers work closely with our litigators, and we bring actions before the EU courts and national courts appealing decisions in all areas of competition law. We also intervene in third-party cases for our clients. Private competition litigation is developing rapidly in the EU, and we bring and defend private claims for damages or other measures. We act for individuals defending their personal interests arising out of competition law violations in the EU.

Market investigations in the EU can dramatically alter the competitive landscape in an industry, and clients look to us for assistance in monitoring and influencing these as they progress.

Outside the competition law sphere, our lawyers deal with all aspects of EU internal market and regulatory law, including free movement of goods, personal data protection, environmental regulation, food & beverage, public procurement, life sciences, energy, water, transport, telecoms, anti-dumping, sanctions and trade. Our developed relations with the European Commission and other relevant regulators allow us to guide clients through the maze of rules in these areas.

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CONTACTS

Matthew Hall Partner T: +44 20 7632 1611
Robert B. Rakison Counsel T: +44 20 7632 1620
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Helping client ensure global competition compliance through audits and training

Conduct worldwide antitrust audits of every business unit within a leading manufacturer and distributor of pulp and paper products.  Advice on competition compliance and provision of compliance training and audits in sectors including transport, general manufacturing, chemicals, FMCG and pharmaceuticals.  .
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Guided clients through the global merger control regime maze

Counsel on various transactions subject to the EU Merger Regulation, including phase one and two clearances subject to remedies. Sectors include construction machinery, agricultural machinery, process machinery, transport, healthcare, electronic equipment and chemicals. Counsel on various transactions reviewed under the UK merger control and public interest rules, including phase one and two clearances subject to remedies. Sectors include process machinery, transport, chemicals, defence and retail. Counsel on a large number of multi-jurisdictional merger control matters on a worldwide basis, including obtaining clearances subject to remedies.
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Vigorously defending clients if litigation emerges from cartel investigations or key competition laws

Counsel in relation to European Commission and UK Office of Fair Trading cartel investigations, including dealing with leniency and the EU settlement procedure. Sectors include insurance, general manufacturing, electronic equipment and transport.
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Guiding clients through day-to-day management of competition law in the EU

Advice on a range of EU regulatory matters in sectors including pharmaceutical, veterinary products, medical devices, insurance, chemicals, anti-dumping and food.
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McGuireWoods regularly defends clients before EU national courts

Appeal by a transport operator to the EU General Court in relation to a European Commission decision concerning alleged aid granted to one of its competitors. Appeal by a transport operator to the EU General Court in relation to alleged aid granted to it by an EU government. Appeal by a third party complainant to the EU General Court concerning an EU merger control clearance granted subject to remedies. Advice on a private action for damages in the Belgian courts following an EU cartel decision.
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McGuireWoods endeavors to ensure the smooth running of your public procurement tendering purchase

Advice on the public procurement aspects of a wide range of contracts. Sectors include infrastructure, defence, town centre development, accommodation, healthcare and energy.
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McGuireWoods smooths the way for clients selling products in the EU

Advice on a range of EU regulatory matters in sectors including pharmaceutical, veterinary products, medical devices, insurance, chemicals, anti-dumping and food.
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Counseling clients to best ensure that state aid comes through

Advice on the EU State aid aspects of a range of projects and privatisations. Sectors include maritime transport, air transport, infrastructure, town centre development, energy, water, telecoms, healthcare and post.
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Matthew Hall Matthew Hall
Partner
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Robert B Rakison Robert B. Rakison
Counsel
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
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Floretine Sneij Florentine Sneij
Associate
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1000 Brussels

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Paul Van den Bulck Paul Van den Bulck
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rue des Colonies 56 - box 3
1000 Brussels

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Speaking Engagement

The London Conversations

June 14, 2017
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Roundtable: Impact of Brexit on Customs and Trade with Bruegel

May 9, 2017
Brussels
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ABA Antitrust Panel

Merger Control and Innovation

April 25, 2017
Telecoference
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Antitrust Law 2017 Spring Meeting

March 28-31, 2017
Washington, DC
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Medicines for Europe 13th Legal Affairs Conference

March 22, 2017
London
Event

Hot Topics in Antitrust Compliance and Enforcement

December 7, 2016
Chicago, IL
Event

8th Annual Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Conference

November 10, 2016
Chicago, IL
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AWEX Conference

October 13, 2016
Brussels
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ABA Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting

April 6, 2016
Washington, DC
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A Session with the Chief Economist of the EU Commission DG Comp

January 11, 2016
ABA Audio Conference
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Around the World: An Assessment of the International Antitrust Treatment of Trade Associations

December 17, 2015
American Bar Association Teleconference
Event

7th Annual Medical Device and Life Sciences Conference

November 19, 2015
Chicago, IL
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UKTI Benelux Series 2015

July 2, 2015
Webinar
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63rd Antitrust Spring Meeting

April 15, 2015
Washington, DC
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ITechLaw Asia-Pacific Conference

January 29, 2015
Bangalore
Event

6th Annual Medical Device and Life Sciences Conference

November 18, 2014
Chicago, IL
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Safeguarding the Right to Data Protection in the EU

October 30, 2014
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Antitrust Regulation in Russia

October 13, 2014
Brussels
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Post-Annual Leadership Training

August 14, 2014
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Article

Transfers of Personal Data to Third Countries

ERA Forum, Journal of the Academy or European Law
September 15, 2017
Publication

Transferts de données personnelles vers des pays tiers

Data protection – L'impact du GDPR en assurance – Data Protection – DE impact van de GDPR in de verzekering
July 2017, pp. 209-232
Legal Alert

The Advance of UK Antitrust Class Actions

Class Action Countermeasures
July 21, 2017
Legal Alert

Brexit - UK Files for Divorce From European Union

What Should Companies Do Now to Prepare?

March 29, 2017
Publication

Practical Antitrust Law Issues and Brexit

ABA Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting
March 2017
Article

Patent Settlements and Antitrust: An Update on the EU Position

The Licensing Journal
February 2017 (Vol. 34 No. 2)
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